CD Review: Björk's Volta




Although her flamboyant outfits have never been polite, Björk's past few albums certainly have been. The ice-crystal percussion and melodies on Vespertine were stunning but mannered, like an immaculately decorated parlor, while the nearly a cappella Medulla–an album in which beatboxing and throat-singing replaced traditional instrumentation–felt too gimmicky and academic. But Björk's gleeful sense of adventure is back on Volta, perhaps thanks to her rediscovery of rhythm.

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